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Kentucky District To Host Ed Tech Open House

The Fort Thomas Independent School District (FTIS), the highest rated district in Kentucky, will host an open house for other districts across the state to demonstrate on site how digital learning tools are used in the district.

The district launched a five-year plan in 2013that called for use of technology to prepare students for success in a knowledge-based economy. The digital conversion plan called for the rollout of new devices, a new learning management system, digital curricula, new technical and instructional support staff and an overhaul of network infrastructure.

As part of the transition, the district adopted McGraw-Hill Education's Thrive digital learning environment.

"Students need engaging and challenging learning experiences that foster creativity, curiosity and innovation, and FTIS's digital conversion is central to achieving that mission," said Gene Kirchner, superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools, in a prepared statement. "Through our digital curriculum and our partnership with McGraw-Hill Education, we're helping to ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to grow academically and ultimately to achieve success in the global workforce."

"The Fort Thomas Independent School District is widely respected for its commitment not only to digital innovation but to overall academic excellence, and we are incredibly proud to be involved in helping to further that vision on both fronts," said Christine Willig, president of McGraw-Hill Education's K-12 group, in a news release. "As the FTIS continues to work toward their goal of delivering 21st century learning outcomes and experiences for all students, we hope that their successes will encourage other districts to explore similarly innovative strategies."

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